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England start well & Aussies lose again

The two Ashes protagonists enjoyed a contrasting day as Australia’s losing run extended to seven games and England began their warm-up matches with a game against state side Western Australia.

Australia continued their One Day International series with the second ODI against Sri Lanka, in Sydney.

In a rain affected match, opener Upul Tharanga’s unbeaten 86 was the bedrock for Sri Lanka, who went on to win by 29-runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and captain Kumar Sangakkara weighed in with 40’s as Sri Lanka amassed 213-3 from 41.1 overs.

Despite the return of Test skipper Ricky Ponting Australia struggled to maintain the run-rate required.

Another Test regular, opening batsman Shane Watson, made 40 for Australia but Ponting scored just ten in his first international match since the second Test with India last month.

The Sri Lanka attack shared the wickets between them as Australia failed to build any significant partnerships and were finally bowled out for 210 in the 38th over.

That leaves Sri Lanka 2-0 ahead in the three match series ensuring they will head into the Ashes with a series defeat.

Broad gets England underway

Meanwhile, on the west coast of Australia, Stuart Broad led the way for England on the opening day of their three-day warm-up match against Western Australia in Perth.

In his first over of the tour the 24-year-old seamer removed opener Liam Davis for a duck, followed by number three Michael Stewart with the very next ball.

The Nottinghamshire all-rounder took the new ball with James Anderson - who was passed fit after a rib injury.

Broad will have savoured his third wicket most - removing opposing captain and Ashes opponent Marcus North for just 19, as he finished with 3-47 in Western Australia’s 242-8 declared.

Bowling coach David Saker will have been delighted with the England attack's efforts, in particular Anderson who bowled 22 economical overs on his return, collecting 1-48.

Concerns surrounding the form of Alistair Cook will have resurfaced, as the Essex opener fell to Steve Magoffin late in the day having scored just five runs.

Night-watchman James Anderson and skipper Andrew Strauss saw England to the close on 10-1 from six overs.

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